Welcome to West Central High School
On behalf, our the entire staff, I am very excited to welcome you to the West Central High School webpage. After teaching for 17 years, I am honored to be serving in my third year as an administrator at such an outstanding school as West Central High School. Our school serves approximately 260 students, while providing an excellent teaching staff and support personnel who all want to ensure that every child succeeds.
At West Central High School we offer many opportunities to excel in academics, sports, and the arts. Our goal is to support and encourage each child in achieving his/her optimum potential by instilling in them a sense of worth, curiosity and love for learning. If at any time situations arise that may impact your child’s success or focus at school, please communicate with your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, the assistant principal, myself, or any other staff member. We are all here to support you and your student in the pursuit of excellence.
Being actively involved in your child’s education is essential in developing a strong partnership between home and school. Take time every day to connect and be present with your child. Talk to your child about what they are doing in school and help your child stay organized, committed and focused.
Our focus is on student achievement and readiness for college or career opportunities, with a strong emphasis on vocational careers. Ongoing tutoring is available to help with skill deficits and extra support for class work, as well as enrichment opportunities. Our staff is well versed in collaboration and team teaching, which allows for better instruction that fits each student’s needs.
The West Central motto “Providing Opportunity Expecting Excellence” is not just words, but rather something students, teachers, and administrators live by every day. They form the foundation for everything we strive to accomplish and what we hold to be true. West Central is a school where everybody shares in the responsibility for the success of all students. We look forward to working with you and your student because we are all in this together.
Here’s to a strong year of teamwork, community building, and a commitment to do our best and be our best for each and every student at West Central.
On May 8th the high school STEM class toured CNH Industrial in Burlington. Equipment manufactured at this plant include backhoes and combine headers. After we signed in and showed our picture ID’s, we got bright orange vests, safety . . .
May 13, 2018 2:00 PM West Central High School Gymnasium
On Wednesday, April 18th, Junior Laine Gholson competed at the state level for the WYSE competition in Computer Science. In this competition, he went against students from all over the state; including several from the private sector up in . . .
Students in Biology and Zoology have recently been studying Phylum Arthropoda. The most numerous of these animals, and all animals, are insects. Students were challenged to create and brand new insect that humans have never . . .
John Steck, WCHS junior, will be able to join about 50 other Illinois high school students in Washington during the week of June 11, 2018. During the time in D.C., students will learn about American and rural electric . . .
April 18, 2018, was Youth to Springfield Day in the state capital. For 59 years, Illinois’ rural electric and telephone cooperatives have sponsored high school sophomores and juniors on an annual trip to Springfield in order to . . .
Each yeah Professor Mike Sostarecz from Monmouth College comes out to give a lecture to the calculus students on how to use Calculus to model real life. He spoke on modeling linear, and quadratic equations. He showed them how he uses a high . . .
West Central High School National Honor Society Induction was held on Monday night, March 19th at 7:00pm. Three present members, Kenna Armstrong, Nicholas Brokaw, and Victoria Olson, were in attendance to welcome eight new inductees to the . . .
Laine took 1st! He's going on to state! Laine captured the first place prize in Computer Science at the recent WYSE competition held at Knox College. The next competition will take place on April 18 at the University of . . .
West Central students and staff took time to write positive, uplifting notes to each student and staff member in each of their classes. Each student will receive an envelope with all of their positive notes to read at the end of the day.
The Chief Shaubena Chapter, Roseville, IL, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, would like to recognize Todd Lant of West Central High School, as their 2017-2018 Good Citizen Award recipient. Todd . . .
Cooperative Education students at WCHS are keeping themselves very busy. Cooperative education student Logan is currently working at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in Oquawka. Logan’s career goal is to . . .
Cooperative Education at West Central High School is in full swing. Twelve senior students are currently enrolled in the program. Each of these students attends school for the first half of the day, then reports to a . . .
November, 2017 English Department - Mikayla Lange Career Technical Education Department - Heidi Ford Social Studies Department - Molly Parsons Math Department - Alec Vancil Physical Education Department - Collin Vancil Science . . .
West Central High School Principal, Ben Rees is pleased to announce that a student, from the West Central High School graduating class of 2018, has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. The Illinois Student . . .
Mary Grace Carlson from Casey State Bank came to speak with the Consumer Education and Coop Classes at WCHS on December 7, 2017. Mrs. Carlson talked with the students about how important a credit score is and what information is used to . . .
On November 15th, the high school physics students visited the physics department at Western Illinois University. Students conducted two experiments with the assistance of professors and graduate students. The experiments were . . .
During the week prior to Veterans Day, the WCHS student body will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance by a local veteran each day. Monday, November 6, we had the privilege of being led by Mr. Ray Shafer, 94 years old from . . .
On Friday, November 3, 2017, the WCHS Student Council hosted a blood drive for students and walk-in community members. It was a great day and we were able to collect 20 units! Thanks to all who worked to the make the blood . . .
Students of the month for September and October 2017! September CTE - Brock Bigger English - Jayde Henry Math - Caitlyn Martinez . . .
Red Cross Blood Drive November 3!
In the wake of several recent catastrophes (Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the Las Vegas shooting), the need for blood has never been more apparent. The Red Cross provides much needed help to these areas. To do our part, the West Central High . . .
Skit Winners: Freshmen Juniors Sophomores Hallway Decorating: Seniors Freshmen Juniors Sophomores
Vegas Day dress winners: Ariel Zang Sydney Finkel Kailee Yates Lilah Fosmore Sloan Fisher
Circus and Cross Dress Day
Circus: Danielle Rhinehart Lilah Fosmore Sarah Shrum Cross dress: Colyn Crane Jason Strack Blake Stuber
Today's winners are: Twins Cow Group: Shepherd Coventon Grace Meyer Tori Olson Brianna Hill Batman: Grant Sibley & MacKenzie Johnson Kiersten Sipes and Kristen Sumpter Salad Day: . . .
Homecoming Week 2017
The following were winners of Monday's Beach/Tourist Day and Hallway Competition...... Hallways: 1. Seniors (Vegas Strip) 2. Freshmen (Wedding Chapel) 3. Juniors (Hotel/Casino) 4. . . .
West Central high school students have voted on their 2017 homecoming court with the following students representing their respective classes: Freshmen attendants: Halee Porter and Jordon Roller; Sophomore attendants: . . .
Hello, my name is Michael Holloran, West Central High School's newest math teacher. I am from Crystal Lake, IL and currently live in Burlington, IA. I have wanted to be a teacher since the 4th grade, and in high school, math quickly . . .
My name is Kurt VanHorn. I graduated from Monmouth College in 1994 with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. I have been teaching high school students for twenty years. As well as teaching, I have coached basketball for the last . . .
West Central High School was selected for the month of May as the WMOI/WRAM spotlight school of the month. As a result, ads were featured throughout the month of May on the radio highlighting all the exciting things that are going on at . . .
The 2017 West Central High School Scholarship and Academic Awards Night was held the evening of May 9, 2017. It was a great night to recognize the Seniors and all their achievements. Several scholarships were awarded . . .
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the West Central Softball team traveled to Alexis, IL for a tournament. They had two special fans in attendance for the games, Lauren Mayberry and Justin Long. The late Dr. Paul Good and his wife Cathy . . .
Harrison got a gold medal at the Special Olympics, running the 1500M in 6 minutes 8 seconds. He will advance to the state Special Olympics in June. Way to go Harrison!
On Saturday, May 6 over 20 West Central students and staff participated in the Monmouth Global 6K for Water , a World Vision event in which each participant's $50 entry fee provided clean water to one child in the developing world . . .
On Wednesday, May 3 the Spanish Club visited Lincoln Early Childhood School in Monmouth to observe a bilingual kindergarten class and an ESL kindergarten class. Bilingual classes are taught 90% in Spanish while ESL (English as a Second . . .
West Central High School Commencement May 14, 2017 2:00 P.M. WCHS Gymnasium Biggsville, IL
NHS is in the 20th year with the Adopt a Highway program in Illinois. Today NHS members Laura Newton, Zach Vancil, Megan Krieger, Grace Brent, Maddy Benge, Nick Brokaw, Tori Olson, Kami Endress, and Braeden Reed worked to clean up the . . .
WCHS was represented by several students at the Lincoln Trail Conference Art Festival on April 18 at Monmouth College. Out of 10 pieces of artwork submitted, 4 received ribbons: Angel Derengowski, 2nd place in oil pastels; Ashley . . .
Mrs. Alexander's classes have been busy out at the WCHS Greenhouse.
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, West Central High School sponsored a Career Day for the 8th-12th graders at West Central School District. The event was held beginning at 12:30 in the afternoon. Each student had the opportunity to . . .
Radon gas seeps into homes and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The risk of radon gas is highest in our area. The American Lung Association in Illinois has sponsored a video contest to educate the public about . . .
West Central High School held their National Honor Society’s induction ceremony for three new members on March 20, 2017. Zachary Vancil, Vice-president of the National Honor Society, welcomed students, relatives, and . . .
Eight WCHS students recently submitted their artwork for competition in the 49th Annual Town & Country Art Show at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL. Those students are Nick Barber, Abby Clem, Angel Derengowski, . . .
Illinois Student Assistance Commission congratulates six West Central students on their academic achievement West Central Principal Ben Rees is pleased to announce that 6 students from the graduating class of 2017 have been . . .
West Central High School began the 2016 year by instituting a new and exciting Student of the Month program. Each month the seven departments at WCHS (Career Technical Education, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, . . .
The WCHS Graduation date has been set for: May 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. Graduation will be held in the WCHS gymnasium.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Applauds the Success of Five High School Students West Central High School Principal Scott Schneider is pleased to announce that five West Central High School students from the graduating class of . . .